October 24, 2007
Wave getting ready for Memphis
After wining their first game of the season against a Division I-A foe last week in a 41-34 overtime win over SMU the Tulane Green Wave return home this weekend to open a three game home stand against the Memphis Tigers.
"I'm really happy for our players", said Coach Bob Toledo. "When we started the season and you looked at all the magazines, they said we wouldn't win a league game. Well, we've now won a league game. I'm proud of them and I'm proud for a lot of reasons. The biggest reason is they haven't quit. They haven't quit at all."
Tulane will host the Tigers Saturday afternoon in the Louisiana Superdome as the Wave will celebrate Homecoming. The Tigers are 3-4 overall but have a 2-1 mark in Conference USA play.
Tulane can't afford any more slip-ups if the Wave is to have any shot at a winning season. Tulane knows that they could be 4-3 instead of 2-5 but the team and Coach Toledo will not cry over spilled milk.
"Our approach right now is one game at a time. I know that's a cliché, but it's one game at a time and the biggest thing we have to worry about is ourselves. In the past, we have beaten ourselves. We're really concentrating on what we can do and not as much as what an opponent can do against us," Toledo said.
Tulane is getting about as much attention as any 2-5 team in college football history as their star player, running back Matt Forte is the nations leading rusher going into the eight week of the 2007 college football season.
Forte earned the national honor for the second time this season after setting Tulane and Conference USA records with 342 yards rushing while scoring four touchdowns on 38 carries in the Green Wave's 41-34 overtime victory over SMU.
The Wave won on the road for the first time since last September against Mississippi State and Toledo says that was big for his team.
"It gives us credibility to the players. It validates that what we're telling them and what we're doing is right."
Now the Wave look to make it two straight this weekend at home against Memphis.
"It's a Homecoming game. They're 3-4 and 2-1 in the league. They're the best defensive football team we've played against since our last game at the Dome. They're big, they're strong and they're athletic," Toledo said.
Anthony Scelfo will get the nod at quarterback again this week but freshman Kevin Moore will go every other series as he continues to develop in to a solid young player.
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